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Cuisine: Asian, International, South Asian
Price Point: Mains from £10-£20
Ranked: #2 of 131 restaurants in London

Scott Hallsworth, the culinary legend behind Nobu, is back with a dazzling new restaurant in London’s West End.

With the menu centred around sharing plates, it’s only natural that the restaurant’s interior should reflect this community feel. The long tables create an informal atmosphere and a distinctly ‘market’ feel with groups of people mixing and matching different plates of delicious grub.

Specialising in sharing plates from all around Asia, Freak Scene captures the very best Asian flavours and gives them an unexpected twist. Loch Duart Salmon Sashimi Pizza? Yes, that’s on the menu along with other exquisite fish dishes and a range of plates that combine bold flavours guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.

There is a small but carefully considered drinks menu, chosen especially to compliment your food. The majority of wines on offer originate from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa and there are perfectly blended cocktails to suit any taste. And what is a Japanese dish without Sake? With two on offer, it’s a full cultural experience at Freak Scene.

So, step into this slice of Asia in central London. You’d better like sharing your food!

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Freak Scene
54 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4SL

Open Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tue - Wed: 5pm till 11pm
Thur - Sat: 5pm till late
Sun: Closed

Phone: 02077 346370

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Ranked: #2 of 131 restaurants in London 2
Freak Scene
Location: Soho
Cuisine: Asian, International, South Asian
Mains: £10-£20

Reviews

Jennie McNeill

Had a great time here. The service is excellent and very personable. There is enough variety to choose on the menu, but I would highly recommend the Cabbage and the Ribeye dishes. Both were exceptional! When I return, I will be ordering these dishes for myself :P

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Grace Gibson

The food is amazing! Our only complaint was that there wasn’t a spoon to mop up all the sauce.
The staff were really helpful with pointing out which meals could be made gluten free.
Super quick service and a cool venue. Will definitely be back.

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Amazing food that surprises and delights the palette while still being accessible enough for everyone to enjoy. We couldn't have asked for better service - it was fun, friendly & personable. It was my sister's first meal having arrived in London earlier that morning and she loved it!

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Sarah Baker

Hands down the best dining experience I've had. The team members looked after us like we were royalty, and their combination of friendliness and knowledge made the extra special touch for the dining experience. As fpr the food, it was flawless. I'd particularly recommend the "magic cabbage" dish, as suggested by a team member, absolutely out of this world! Will definitely be rushing back.

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Neil Webb

Freak Scene is easily one of the best restaurants in London, not only is the food amazing, creative and delicious and service is perfect. Love the open friendly kitchen and interaction with all the staff, if you haven’t been yet, go now!!

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As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the staff to a very friendly welcome.
We had a chat before being seated and given the menu.
Music was being played, early 90s indie rock, really suited the theme.
Nice cold Asahi beer to start us off and then a few recommendations from the waitress / bartender.
All of the food was delicious. All varied and had different flavours.
We are a round 7 plates between two and we’re full.
Finished off with a lovely espresso martini.
They were also kindly taking donations for the Aussie Wildfires.
Awesome place and we’ll be back.

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Sophie Smitch

Freak Scene was fantastic. Staff were incredibly friendly, attentive and helpful, explaining the menu and offering recommendations. The food was to die for, presented beautifully and incredibly tasty. Highly recommend the Chicken-fried Chicken, Beef Tataki and the Cabbage. Decor and music were spot on too. Will definitely be returning soon!

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Alexandra Ioana

The restaurant was cute and funky and the food was really good and tasty! Its nicely located too so you can carry on the evening on Mayfair/ Soho or Covent Garden and make it a proper night out... me and my friends were really happy with the choice and you must try the choc mousse and frozen mango ice cream!

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What a great experience! Staff were friendly and very helpful. The recommendations made regarding food were on point. Because the seating area is in front of the various chefs (bar counter seating) we got to interact with chefs serving our dishes and they were more than happy to chat and answer questions about the food. They even helped skillfully debone fish and chicken after it was presented to us so we could get straight into enjoying our food. The food was described to us at the beginning as a fusion between Aussie and Asia and they got it just right. We will definitely be back to our list will be all 'bun' dishes and the beef. We must try the cabbage dish too, didn't have enough room left after this trip.

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Mike Omahoney

Excellent lunch at Freak Scene!
Scott the owner was cooking and took us through the dishes adding to our experience. Will definitely be going again, still some dishes I have not tried.....

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Leonie Smith

The entire experience was incredible. From the moment I was greeted after walking in the door to when we left. It is a tiny little restaurant - I felt privileged to get a seat - with chefs cooking right in front of you. The menu changes often, depending on the freshly sourced ingredients and how experimental the head chef is feeling! Our menu was changed as I sat sipping on my delicious cocktail. Between the two of us, we have 5 savory dishes and one dessert to share, this was the perfect amount.
Every single dish was absolutely delicious. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the Roasted Cabbage - they left us the sauce for all other plates and we had no shame in dipping just about everything into it! We also devoured the; Chili Crab and Avocado Bomb (brilliant textures and flavors), A Thousand Leaves - House Chips (so crunchy!), Artichoke Chopsticks (a hint of a sweet taste to it that was brilliant), Beer Marinated Rib Eye (so tender, in a scrumptious sauce) and the Pavlova (as Australians we could not turn this down, and thank goodness we didn't!!).
We were eyeing the other dishes as they came out too, and they all looked as amazing as ours. Need to go back and try everything else on the menu,
Highly recommend!

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Iris Gomez

Our experience at Freakscene was simply AMAZING! From each dish being carefully prepared in front of us, with one of the chefs being very helpful and explaining what some ingredients were or how some parts of the dishes are prepared to the waiting staff being super friendly and bubbly! And obviously, THE FOOD. Each dish was so different to the other that I would recommend (and for my next trip too) to try as many dishes as you can and share them with a couple of people to make sure you try everything. The duck “tacos” were my favourite dish of the evening, however even the chips were amazing!
Well worth the visit!

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Candice Elle Richardson

My friend and I attended Freak Scene after work and had a wonderful time. The service was fantastic they made me feel right at home whilst I waited for my friend to arrive. The chefs had some great suggestions for food and cocktails. The food was simply amazing, lots of flavours, tapas is my favourite way to eat, you get to try a bit of everything. Also great location. I highly recommend.

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Catriona Middleton

Absolutely cracking meal. We honestly felt like robbers with the savings provided by booking through First Table!

We were greeted immediately, sat down and received good attentive service for our whole meal.

The food itself was excellent, star dish was the 'Chicken Fried Chicken'. I was also really impressed with the vegetarian dishes on offer- the cauliflower was stellar! Everything was beautifully cooked, it really reminded me of our recent trip to Japan! I personally don't drink alcohol, but my husband was very happy with the beer offerings.

We will be returning as a larger group to try and tackle the whole menu

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Rachel Gordon

Delicious food! An array of flavours and textures that all worked amazingly together. The aubergine was our favourite, it was the perfect amount of sweet and salty with a bit of crunch to offset the smoothness of the uabergine itself. Thanks for a great night, we will definitely be back!

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Freak Scene is not your standard restaurant, you probably guessed this from the name. The walls are decorated with a variety of unobtrusive memorabilia. Which gives the place a relaxed and comfortable feel alongside the seating around the kitchen/bar. This would be a great choice for a date.

The food is all intented to be shared, and was incredible! We ordered three dishes at a time and between the two of us we had 9 dishes, each and everyone got us saying "omg this is goooood"

The crab and avocado wontons, the beef tataki, the black cod tacos and the short rib are must haves!

Though everything was so good that I'm planning to have everything I didn't manage to try this time.

If you like the look of the menu this restaurant is a must visit!

Also a big thank you to first table (special mention to Elliott Hannam) for helping with a little issue which was 100% my fault. Some of the best customer service I've ever received!

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Jennie McNeill

Had a great time here. The service is excellent and very personable. There is enough variety to choose on the menu, but I would highly recommend the Cabbage and the Ribeye dishes. Both were exceptional! When I return, I will be ordering these dishes for myself :P

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Steph Barry

Highly recommend!!!! Excellent all round!

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Lovely restaurant, delicious food and staff were very friendly and the chef explained the dishes we had ordered. Would be mice if there were more vegetarian dishes on the menu. I would recommend the restaurant though!

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Grace Gibson

The food is amazing! Our only complaint was that there wasn’t a spoon to mop up all the sauce.
The staff were really helpful with pointing out which meals could be made gluten free.
Super quick service and a cool venue. Will definitely be back.

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Maria Konkolova

Very yummy dishes and friendly environment

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Excellent

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Nice good, nice people and great vibes! Interesting cocktails and dishes which are delicious! Worth trying!

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Emma Jane

This is a brilliant restaurant, the layout is fun too! It plays banging music. Definitely a really fun night out.

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Amazing restaurant with excellent food and superb service.

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Catriona Middleton

Absolutely superb food again. This is our second time going to Freak Scene using First Table and don't think, just book.

Superb chicken dishes, vegetables cooked with love and respect and helpful staff!

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Karen Orwell

We booked Freak Scene at the very last minute. We hadn’t really read reviews fully and a quick menu scan looked good.

We ate at 6pm and were promptly sat at a bar. All tables are this style, this can cause me issues as I have back problems.

The welcome was friendly and we were talked through the tapas style ordering process. We were not asked about allergies. I have an allergy to peppers and was able to easily see that nine were in use.

The food came very quickly, was very freshly prepared and hot. We loved the soft shell crab buns, the marinated beef and the chicken fried chicken. It was great to see the Chefs so close and be able to ask questions. I will attempt to recreate the pickled cucumbers at home!

The chocolate and coconut desert was divine. The only choice, but perfect. My £11 cocktail was good but, truthfully, a little too much ice and not enough flavour.

Our food bill was reduced 50% as First Table and at £60 inc drinks, a beer and said cocktail, felt about right. We came away feeling just full and would happily return, at First Table rates.

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We had the best time last night- impeccable service from the very start. We tried some dishes that we wouldn’t necessarily have chosen without her help and they were delicious!! Definitely looking forward to going back again soon.

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Tom Russell

As always a warm welcome from staff and food was bang up to scratch, up there with my favourite First Table restaurant.

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Amazing food that surprises and delights the palette while still being accessible enough for everyone to enjoy. We couldn't have asked for better service - it was fun, friendly & personable. It was my sister's first meal having arrived in London earlier that morning and she loved it!

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First impressions of Freak Scene were of it's cool decor and cozy size. The staff were so welcoming and took time with us and everyone there to explain the menu and offer recommendations. At the start they even advised us from ordering more food when we had reached the recommended number of dishes. The ponzu dip with the artichoke chopstick was amazing. One thing, I will say is that the food is very pricey for the size, although this First Table discount counteracts this hugely, our bill for two people with two cocktails came to about £80. Still, would highly reccomend

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Sarah Baker

Hands down the best dining experience I've had. The team members looked after us like we were royalty, and their combination of friendliness and knowledge made the extra special touch for the dining experience. As fpr the food, it was flawless. I'd particularly recommend the "magic cabbage" dish, as suggested by a team member, absolutely out of this world! Will definitely be rushing back.

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Neil Webb

Freak Scene is easily one of the best restaurants in London, not only is the food amazing, creative and delicious and service is perfect. Love the open friendly kitchen and interaction with all the staff, if you haven’t been yet, go now!!

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As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the staff to a very friendly welcome.
We had a chat before being seated and given the menu.
Music was being played, early 90s indie rock, really suited the theme.
Nice cold Asahi beer to start us off and then a few recommendations from the waitress / bartender.
All of the food was delicious. All varied and had different flavours.
We are a round 7 plates between two and we’re full.
Finished off with a lovely espresso martini.
They were also kindly taking donations for the Aussie Wildfires.
Awesome place and we’ll be back.

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Sophie Smitch

Freak Scene was fantastic. Staff were incredibly friendly, attentive and helpful, explaining the menu and offering recommendations. The food was to die for, presented beautifully and incredibly tasty. Highly recommend the Chicken-fried Chicken, Beef Tataki and the Cabbage. Decor and music were spot on too. Will definitely be returning soon!

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Ella Smith

Delicious small plates, served on the counter top where you can watch the chefs cook. Great friendly service. Must order: the cabbage and tuna sashimi!

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Alexandra Ioana

The restaurant was cute and funky and the food was really good and tasty! Its nicely located too so you can carry on the evening on Mayfair/ Soho or Covent Garden and make it a proper night out... me and my friends were really happy with the choice and you must try the choc mousse and frozen mango ice cream!

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Erin Williams

Everything was amazing! Staff were incredible. Food was unbelievable! Cannot wait to go back and try everything else on the menu!

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Simon Saunders

Amazing fusion food, enthusiastic and knowledgeable service staff. Worth a visit at full price so to get the chance to enjoy the food with the benefit of the first table discount is a no brainer!

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Bridie O'Sullivan

Finally we found incredible Asian food in London! Do yourself a favour and give this place a go. Freak Scene is super funky, has delicious food and incredible service. The food came out so fast and each dish was fresh and full of flavour as Asian should be. We left very happy and will be returning very soon!

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A great experience from start to finish - all staff (both servers & kitchen) were lovely and welcoming. The food had all of the familiar Asian flavours with a delightful twist. Would highly recommend!

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Cherelle James

Great experience. Far- the owner was absolutely lovely. A must to go to!

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We loved this restaurant and have will definitely recommended it. The food was amazing - we particularly loved the duck buns and the roasted cabbage. I’m already looking forward to coming again!

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Kirsten Burr

Great vibe! In the heart of soho so very central and close to theatres if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail before hand. Food is cooked and prepared in front of you which I love, you could tell the chef was passionate about food. Tapas style but decent portions and very delicious. Good variety of food and something different which was enjoyable. Staff were really friendly. First table made it affordable and great value. Overall great experience

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Daria Szwarc

Amazing experience and culinary adventure! My second time there and happy to go back again! Highly recommended!

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Freak Scene is on a bustling Soho street, is quite small (but I found this to be a plus in this case) and has mostly high stool seating. We sat right in front of the chefs and watched our food being made which is always fascinating and adds to the experience. Also got to chat to the staff who were all lovely and attentive. The food was very tasty and quite unique, in small tapas plates so I got to try many different items (my favourite was a fried chicken bun). We had a great time and would come again!

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The service wasn't great. We only had one menu between the two of us as they forgot to give us another one. Throughout the night we had 5 different people serving us. The first one walked off before we had finished ordering our food, then someone else came over to explain the menu after we had ordered. They forgot our drinks, they brought us food that wasn't for us and then forgot a couple of dishes we had ordered only to eventually bring out the wrong thing. Didn't mind so much as we were only paying 50% but would have definitely said something if we were paying full price. Food that we were served was tasty, and the décor is lovely.

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Great food. Really nice to have something different. The staff were efficient, chatty and friendly.

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First time using first table and so glad i went with Freak Scene! Amazing food, fantastic service and a fab concept. Loved everything about the place, have already booked my next visit.

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Nida Rahman

Wonderful experice made affordable by first table. If you're in 2 minds about booking to eat here, go for it!

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Pratik Shah

We visited as a group of 3 friends to Freak Scene, and enjoyed our experience there. The seating is by the counter, where you can see your food being prepared. The food was excellent and the service, particularly by the manager I believe, was great (always smiling!).

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We had a lovely dinner here!

Superb service! Really impressed. And everything looked so fresh and tasted so nice. It’s like a Japanese place with an Australian twist, to quote our lovely waiter.

We had sashimi, wonton bomb, beef tataki, chicken fried chicken, and pan fried lemon sole. Everything was great but my personal favourite was the beef tataki! Make sure you try that if you are a meat eater, so so so good.

Can’t wait to go back!

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Jennifer Lim

Had a great time! Would def. come back. However it is like bar seating, even so it isn't that hard sharing if you were a party of 2-3.

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Ordered 3-4 dishes each, all were interesting and tasty. Particularly enjoyed the crab wonton bombs, salmon sashimi pizza and the pork belly. The location, decor and atmosphere were great. Service was really warm, friendly and genuine.

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Emily Thorpe

Delicious food and excellent, friendly service in this restaurant. Seats along the counter ideal for couples and small groups. Great atmosphere too!

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I had been desperate to try freak scene after numerous recommendations for friends...and it did not disappoint. Every dish we had was incredible and it was hard to pick our favourite plate with all the different flavours of Asia...but you must try the friend chicken and red curry duck buns! Great atmosphere and lovely staff really topped it off!

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Food was amazing! Would definitely come back!

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Freak Scene really met my expectations, based on past reviews. Firstly the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Max especially made our night. All the dishes were delicious. Grilled aubergine, roasted cabbage, fried chicken steamed bun, curried cauliflower tempura were all amazing. Avocado crab wanton bomb and lamb roti were a little underwhelming but still yum. Definitely be returning again, but on a first table to get the great discount, as some of the prices are high for small plates (roasted cabbage is 9pounds at full price).

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What a great experience! Staff were friendly and very helpful. The recommendations made regarding food were on point. Because the seating area is in front of the various chefs (bar counter seating) we got to interact with chefs serving our dishes and they were more than happy to chat and answer questions about the food. They even helped skillfully debone fish and chicken after it was presented to us so we could get straight into enjoying our food. The food was described to us at the beginning as a fusion between Aussie and Asia and they got it just right. We will definitely be back to our list will be all 'bun' dishes and the beef. We must try the cabbage dish too, didn't have enough room left after this trip.

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I can understand why it is rated so highly! Staff are very friendly and food was incredible. Have already been recommending it to friends

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Restaurant vibe is great and perfect for small party dinner as it’s a counter seating only. Tapas style sharing menu offering fresh and tasty product. We enjoyed it but having been in many restaurants in the area, we found that cocktail price is fair but food is a bit expensive. With a first table option this is fair but not sure I will be willing to pay full price on food for some plate. If you never been, it worth a try.

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Bemily Webster

This is third time I have been back to Freak Scene, and for the third time I was not disappointed! Sitting at the bar is great way to feel engaged with the chef and the team, but your also presented with a view of bustling Soho. The changing menu means you can go back again and again, I'm yet to try something I haven't enjoyed. The roasted cabbage with dried miso is a mouthwatering winner!

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Tom Russell

Cool bar seating, neighbouring party may have slightly overextended their space but still suitable for two. Food was very very good, friendly service, being seated in the corner may have slightly hindered attention but still in no way bad. Would definitely recommend and will return.

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Freak Scene is great fun! The staff are friendly, and the food and cocktails are fantastic. The Bonzai Kitten cocktail is a personal favourite. The dishes we ordered were all fantastic, particularly the trout and the duck bao. The atmosphere is informal and friendly - the cool decor and music (enjoyable, but not too loud) are the icing on the cake!

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It was just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! No other words! Wow!

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Eleanor Riley

Super friendly staff and great atmosphere. Food was great especially the bao.

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